On October 13th, 2012 the first Jean Michel Jarre fan meeting in Germany took place in Frankfurt after 3 months of preparations. Thomas Gruberski arrived the day before and the build-up of the equipment started. Soundchecks and rehearsals lasted until late in the night. Alain Pype followed on Saturday morning with the Space Art equipment. The rest of the band arrived in the afternoon.
The meeting started at 11:30 h. As tickets the fans got tickes of the cancelled Jarre concert in Düsseldorf 1994. On the walls fans could watch a discography with record covers and a list of Jarre concerts with concert photos. There was also a stall with Jarre articles like e.g. posters, magazines, CDs, photos etc. On a big screen a slide show with concert photos was shown, followed by a film of Jean Michel’s Monaco concert.
At 3 o’clock Thomas Gruberskis’ concert „Spacetime Adventures“ started. Thomas already played at Jarre fanmeetings (e.g. in Belgium) in the past and has released 3 CDs with own compositions. He played, together with Klemens Trenkle on percussions, a great mix of own songs and Jarre tracks, accompanied by a complex Show of lights, lasers and video projections. The audience, even the people who didn’t know his music until then were thrilled and there was a lot of applause. The tracks he played were the following: Chronologie 1, Photonic Rainbow, Equinoxe 4, Omnipresence IV, Nanometric Part 2&3, Hey Gagarin (Thomas Gruberski Remix), The sons of creation I, Take 03, The Sons Pf Creation II, The Sons Of Creation III, Hyper Glide, Chronologie 4, Magnetic Fields 2, Oxygene 8 and (as the encore) Omnipresence II. After the concert there was a “run” of the fans to buy Thomas’s CDs and get them signed.
Meanwhile Dominique Perrier and his French musicians had arrived. They also were impressed by Thomas’s performance and compositions.
With a slight delay the showcase of the „Dominique Perrier Project“ started, featuring mainly music from the new album „Space Art Tribute“. The musicians wore little red lights at their caps and had illuminating bracelets when they started to play in the dark. Besides Dominique there were Alain Pype on Drums, Michel Valy (who played at Jarre’s Hong Kong concert in 1994) on bass and Lilli Lacome on keys and electric violin.
After a Spheric intro they started with the track Stone Art. The audience was again thrilled and started to clap rhythmically. The band really rocked the house! After a little break (one of the loudspeakers had failed) they continued with “Optical Illusions”. In the background there was a video with some optical illusions, among them the “Stone Age” sign and a lonely astronaut who appeared later again, e.g. for the next track “On The Web again”.
Now it was time for Space Art classics: the calm “Onyx” was played, with Dominique using an old ARP Odyssey. After this track the light and laser show broke loose for “Speedway”. This song is the most popular Space Art track in Germany because it was used many years as the theme of a TV series about research and technology.
With the last two tracks, “Cosmic Chicken” and “Droid Obsession” the musicians really gave everything they had. Pure energy was coming from the stage. It’s always a pleasure to see musicians who absolutely love playing. Dominique and Michel jammed directly in front of the audience. The ambiance was simply great.
Finally Dominique presented the musicians and the first encore followed. This was a new track, which is tentatively titled “Pitbull”, but probably will change its name and might be available for download by the end of the year. The musicians had to come back for a second encore and just before they started the church bells began to ring, which caused some laughing. Once again they played „Cosmic Chicken“ and again this was pure fun and energy. Michel and Dominique played their parts back to back. The audience were swept off their feet! They didn’t stop clapping and so the band had to come back for a third encore, which was actually not planned. With another performance of „Stone Art“ the performance finally ended. Once again there was a run for the CDs and the musicians signed them and posed for photos. It was relly a great day!
Space Art are planning a „real“ tour for next year, with shows lasting about 90 minutes. We hope to see them then again!
Text by Matthias from Jarrelook
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